“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” – 2 Timothy 3:15
LIGHT FOR NOW: Faith in Christ was the message in the utterances of the prophets.
In our opening text, Paul speaks about Timothy (a mentee of his) being acquainted with the ‘holy scriptures’ (Genesis to Malachi which are the Old Testament writings) and this acquaintance is seen in the wisdom of salvation (through faith in Christ). Thus, the wisdom Timothy learned from the Old Testament books of the Bible is faith in Christ (salvation).
In essence, faith in Christ is what is found in the utterances of the prophets concerning Christ. it is thus safe to say that faith in Christ is the unveiling of the Old Testament. This means that in the utterances of the prophets, faith in Christ which equals salvation will be the focus. Thus, in the words of the prophets in the Old Testament, we find words concerning Christ. the words of Jesus in Luke 24:27 attest to this fact, it reads, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. In verse 44, He says, “These are the words which I spake unto you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me. So, the words spoken by the prophets in their utterances concerning Christ, was what Christ will do (which is salvation) and to be received by faith in the same (faith in what He will do which has been done in His death, burial and resurrection). It suffices us to say that the message of Christ was the message of the prophets or the message of what Christ will do which has been done is the message spoken of by the prophets in their utterances.
For instance, in Numbers 21 where the Israelites were being bitten by serpents. In that scenario, Moses made a brazing serpent upon which the children of Israel were to look and live even though they were being bitten by serpents in that wilderness. Now, this brazing serpent made by Moses upon which the children of Israel looked and live was a mode of communication about Christ by Moses (what Christ will do upon His death and resurrection upon which man will look upon and live, that is have or receive eternal life).
Jesus words in John 3:14 puts this on the spotlight. It reads, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up”. So, Jesus lets us know that what Moses did in Numbers 21 historically was not about the brazing serpent but about the son of man even though the son of man was not the brazen serpent. The brazen serpent was a mode of communication by Moses about Jesus in whom a man will look upon and live. The use of the phrase ‘lifted up; in John 3:14 implies to exalt or to be raised up. Moreover, Jesus in John 12:32-33 used the phrase ‘lifted up’ again signifying the death He should die. Thus what was being communicated in John 3:14 was the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ which is the gospel in itself and by this the scenario in Numbers 21 is unfolded to us. That is, Moses was preaching the gospel of the death and resurrection of Christ upon whom a man will have faith upon and receive eternal life. Therefore, our study of the Old Testament should be the study of Christ.
INSTRUCTION: Let your study of the scripture be Christ centered.
PRAYER: Lord, I declare that the light of your word illuminates my entire mind and that your revelation grows big in my inside like never before, in Jesus Name Amen.
QUOTE: Your zeal is misdirected if your study of the Old Testament is not the study of Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: Numbers chapter 21; EVENING: John chapter 3